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#52 Aug 17 2010 at 2:13 AM Rating: Good
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I'm 30. I'm ex US Army, moved half way across the world to Australia.

I have a wife, and 9 hour a day job 5 days a week.

I get to play a lot because my wife is also into gaming, mostly MMOs and RPGs.



It irritates me when people bring up "X age is too old for games?" There is no such thing. I've played with people of all ages, from pre-teen to mid 70s grandparents. People who have no jobs and dropped out of school, to business owners, doctors, physicists, and high level executives who work for Microsoft.
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#53 Aug 17 2010 at 2:23 AM Rating: Good
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high level executives who work for Microsoft.


I've always wondered if people like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates call IT when their computer doesn't work.
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#54 Aug 17 2010 at 6:46 AM Rating: Good
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I believe there is no such thing as too old to play... which hopefully means that you are mature enough to rank your priorities properly. Currently I am 28 full time employee at a hospital, full time dad, and full time gamer.

I played FFXI from NA release(2003), PS2 > PC > 360. When I first start playing I was single, in college, working at Gamestop. As time pasted I had graduated gotten married moved to another city and am currently still working the same full time job post graduation. My wife was not very keen on the I have set times to meet people to "play games" as she saw it, but for me it was Limbus... camp NMs... static xp groups, it was what I enjoyed. I played FFXI from 2003 until Jan of 2009, 1 month before my daughter was born. This was an agreement I made with my wife as I knew that I did not want playing FFXI to get in the way of me fulfilling my role as a husband and father after she gave birth and I didnt want to miss those early months of my daughters life.

My daughter is now a year and half and she enjoys watching me play games. The only catch is she MUST have a controller in her hand as well or she is very adamant about taking mine. So she has her own red xbox 360 controller. She would sit with me for quite longer that I expected playing FFXIII, I think she liked the music and colors. Currently I am playing the beta for XIV and its somewhat a beta at my house as well to see how I can gauge game time with my at home responsibility. So I honestly believe as long as you dont become one of those folks who completely neglect life offline then you are mature enough to play .... and the whole age kick should never play a factor.
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#55 Aug 17 2010 at 9:11 AM Rating: Default
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Hmm. I've been reading some of your stories. I and I see that I'm a bit different. The thing is; I played warcraft (yes, I'm sorry) (before that, LA2/RO/EQ/ a bit FF11) for over 4 years (hardcore pve and all that). But that is how I enjoy a MMO. Spending way to much time in it. Geez, I even like just to idle around all day. Have a chat with some people. Have a laugh.

I never was able to manage my friend and stuff, at least not the first periode, untill I got them all(most of the ppl) into it. Then it was easy, spending weekends having lan-parties with friends. (2-5ppl) just playing from friday evening untill sunday afternoon.

Back then I had work from nine to five and when I came home, got myself some dinner, logged in, one or two friends came over, logged in (as their computers where at my place) and we started to hang around. Being a hardcore pve'rs we had to raid all the time, you'll know how it works.

I don't see the point if you're just playing casual. Mind telling me what the trick is? Dont get me wrong or anything, I think I evny the people who can. Personally, I wouldn't be able to drag my mind away from the game. (I like to digg myself into things(oh, haha, can you call it being suseptable to addiction?)) I'd talk about it, hang around forums (like there >=)) all day long. I'd try different things out (builds, strats, the lot)

So, what's the secret?

Edited, Aug 17th 2010 11:13am by greda
#56 Aug 17 2010 at 9:35 AM Rating: Decent
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I work 8:00a-5:00p
I workout/shower from 6:00p - 8:00p.
I eat from 8:00p - 9:00p.
I game from 8:00/9:00p to 11:30p.
I sleep from 12:00a to 7:00a

I game M/T/W/TH evening following the schedule above plus Satuday and/or Sunday during the day and sometimes Sunday night.

30 years old single, but dating. I go out with friends/girls Friday and Saturday night and sometimes Thursday night or during the day on the weekend. Or any other random nights depending on when I can get a girl to go out. Basically I don't put the game before my friends, but my friends know I only like to go out a few times a week.

I don't watch TV and only watch pertinent movies and play pertinent games. I.e. most of my off time is spent on the MMO. But I'll roll through Gears of War 3 for sure when it comes out on campaign. Maybe a few skirmishes here and there, but won't dedicate most of my time to it.

I have completed almost all the content for FFXI and have participated in 99% of the end-game content. I have also completed the highest tier of a craft. There's like 2 or 3 newer HNMs (mega hard monsters) that I haven't killed, excluding Abyssea (brand new content).

MMOs require patience. Don't try to do everything the first day you get the game. It won't happen, but you can balance your life and successfully play an MMO.


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#57 Aug 17 2010 at 10:54 AM Rating: Decent
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Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
I'm engaged and planning a wedding, so still plenty of time to play. In about a year though, we plan to work on having a kid, so 9 months after that, my playtime will be drastically shortened.

For now, gonna enjoy XIV as best I can.It'll be the last MMORPG I can spend hours grinding in before the responsibilities of a kid come up and occupy the next 18 years of my life :)


I'm 29, two kids (almost 11 & 8), good job in middle management of a large corporation. Balancing everything out is quite a juggling act at times, but I usually find plenty of time to get my gaming in. I try to spend time with kids in the evening, cook dinner, get them situated (doing their own thing) so I can sit down and enjoy myself a little.

Even with kids, once they get a little older and can do some things for themselves, you're free time (around the house) will go up immensely! I am glad I am there now, but having kids starting at 17/18 was NOT fun!

Hope to see some of you around in FFXIV!
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#58 Aug 17 2010 at 9:35 PM Rating: Decent
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Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
Fetter wrote:
high level executives who work for Microsoft.


I've always wondered if people like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates call IT when their computer doesn't work.


Steve Jobs is trying to jailbreak his iphone so he can download Wint's Eorzea Clock without buying it from App Store
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#59 Aug 17 2010 at 9:42 PM Rating: Decent
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Mostaru wrote:
Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
Fetter wrote:
high level executives who work for Microsoft.


I've always wondered if people like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates call IT when their computer doesn't work.


Steve Jobs is trying to jailbreak his iphone so he can download Wint's Eorzea Clock without buying it from App Store


This tickled me! Not sure why but there was a disproportionate amount of chuckling at my desk when I read it.
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#60 Aug 17 2010 at 9:49 PM Rating: Good
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Mostaru wrote:
Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
Fetter wrote:
high level executives who work for Microsoft.


I've always wondered if people like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates call IT when their computer doesn't work.


Steve Jobs is trying to jailbreak his iphone so he can download Wint's Eorzea Clock without buying it from App Store


He only makes $1/year, give the guy a break.
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#61 Aug 17 2010 at 10:31 PM Rating: Decent
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Oh wow, what a great thread!

I'm 33 and I played ffxi since na release, give or take some time off. I invested many, many years of my life in that game, made great friendships, played hardcore all-nighters like you wouldn't believe and experienced escapism to the fullest.

Now, I have a full-time job, and I'm going back to school. I decided to finish up on the credits required to enter med school, so I have a ton of work on my hands.

Will I be able to take some time off at all to play a bit? I'm sure I will, but my progress will be slower than most. Even so, the fact that I will be able to log on, if even for an hour, and get my ffxiv fix, is something i can totally appreciate from SE.

It's never too old to play. My first gaming console was a Magnavox Odyssey, i think I was around 5? After that, gaming has been a constant in my life. When the academic knot starts tightening, I'm definitely going to have to stop for a while, but in my mind, I've already finished my (new) career, and am sitting at 40+ in front of my pc to enjoy a bit of Final Fantasy 17 online.

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#62 Aug 17 2010 at 10:43 PM Rating: Excellent
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It's never too old to play. My first gaming console was a Magnavox Odyssey, i think I was around 5?


OMG I had one of those, though my favorite super old school console is still the Atari 2600...Combat FTW! I think being older FF fans we have a deeper appreciation for the series. I remember losing months of my life to the first FF on the NES, and FF3/6?! Still the best game in the series, and Kefka is still the best villain in FF history, Sephiroth be damned! Anyway, 200th post, go me!
#63 Aug 18 2010 at 1:21 AM Rating: Good
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As a child and up through college, I've played a ridiculous amount of MMOs. I find that it is most enjoyable during release week/month, because everyone is learning together with a bit of friendly grinding competition. I also realized that it was only enjoyable BECAUSE I was able to dedicate over four hours a day (usually much much more) to playing. For a while, I've also casually gamed, and the difference in experience is drastic (mainly referring to immersion).

I can tell that most people here are pretty hardcore, while juggling a lifestyle of responsibilities. While this is rather rhetorical, how do some of you do it? To maintain a level of immersion without neglecting real world responsibilities.

Feel free to mention the 'kind' of work you do or your age bracket without posting too much private information.

I do computer stuff, and I am not yet over the hill ;-)



You are never too old to play games! Time management? meh who needs it lol.

Seriously tho, hardcore or casual, just set aside some time that you know you can devote and try to stick with that. Possibly immersion in this game will be easier due to the fact that they are trying to appeal to hardcore and the casual players. They have stated that they want ppl to have the freedom to enjoy the game at a time alotment and speed which is acceptable to them. Maybe the story, (i.e missions, quests, cutscenes) will be more tied together, not as easily lost, story wise.

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#64 Aug 18 2010 at 3:11 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm 39. Have a full time job and a 2 year old. My wife is 33 and has a full time job too. We`re certanly not too old to play (video)games. **** we`ll probable still play when we`re like 80+ and in a nursery home.

We played FFXI for over 5 years and are planning to play FFXIV. We`re even remodelling our livingroom abit so its better suited to play FFXIV. Currently building a HTPC to be hooked up on our plasma screen. Make an extra (better) corner where the other desktop will be setup. And make it so our 2 year old still has all his toys available and can do no harm to both screens and PCs. We`ll be only playing when he`s sleeping or with his grandpa and grandma :-)


#65 Aug 18 2010 at 3:18 AM Rating: Decent
I'm 45 and will still keep playing till the day I either get riddled with arthritis, Dementia or any other old age symptons that will make it impossible for me to play.
#66 Aug 18 2010 at 4:05 AM Rating: Good
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I'll be playing video games when they wheel me into a retirement home...

... dunno if i'll be using a Wii, but i'll still find a way to play video games lol
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#67 Aug 18 2010 at 4:12 AM Rating: Decent
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I am a 27 year old Police Officer who is married and has no kids. I work graveyard (true graves) and have the weekends off. My wife is in school and I have time to play when I am not in court or doing other LEO duties. I also go to school, so I try to get things done. I went through the motions of FFXI while in college and spent hours on end, I am a casual gamer who enjoys the social experience of it all. I have to agree with everyone when they say the LS is what it's all about. Find a great group and the gameplay will be enjoyable even if your only on for a hour or two at most a day until you call in sick and then have a four day weekend while the wife is gone and yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. cough cough sept 22......
#68 Aug 18 2010 at 4:17 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm turning 29 in two days and I don't have kids yet. But we have three boxers and a 125 gallon saltwater tank that keeps me busy.
I also work shift so it's hard sometime to sit down and relax and enjoy some free time.

That's why I stop play XI. But I'm hoping that with XIV I will have a chance to solo and advance that way.

Also we start 12 hour shifts soon so that will free up a ton of time so that I can enjoy wife,XIV,dog,fish.

I'm excited.
#69 Aug 18 2010 at 6:01 AM Rating: Decent
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Haha.

Time Managment. It's easier said then done people. Easier said then done. :)
Although I have to agree with some of you.. that you can't see the game in a day, and it might as well take you months. It will take you months even if you play 20hours a day.

Hmm..I might take the night shift at work, I'd be able to play then too.. hmm :)
#70 Aug 18 2010 at 7:05 AM Rating: Excellent
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Now to really knock you off your chairs! I'm a 46 year old Female... Yes, I definitely am a minority in the MMO world. I even remember when the First Final Fantasy came out. My husband and I play together and have a blast! We love exploring, and doing quests, but mostly, we've met ALOT of wonderful people on MMO's. At present, we're playing LOTRO, and the age range there is even into the 60's. We both work and have a 13 year old son who also loves video games. For me, coming home after a frazzled day at work and logging on the game is relaxing and my escape... and it sure beats watching TV. We average 1-2 hours a night if we don't have other things going on, and we play on weekends if we're not out camping etc... So... back to the original question: "To old to play?" NEVER!!!
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#71 Aug 18 2010 at 8:50 AM Rating: Decent
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Oenos wrote:
Mostaru wrote:
Mikhalia the Picky wrote:
Fetter wrote:
high level executives who work for Microsoft.


I've always wondered if people like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates call IT when their computer doesn't work.


Steve Jobs is trying to jailbreak his iphone so he can download Wint's Eorzea Clock without buying it from App Store


He only makes $1/year, give the guy a break.


that's probably why Jailbreaking is legal now!
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#72 Aug 18 2010 at 3:32 PM Rating: Good
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First off, I'm new here, as you can probably tell :P. This looks like a great community.

Regarding the question at hand, I'm 33, married with three children, and work a full time "9-5" job as an engineer. My wife and I played FFXI since NA release and were able to enjoy the game perfectly fine at a 3-4 hours a night for 4-5days a week after the kids went to bed. We both achieved 75 on several jobs, finished missions, participated in some end-game activities. I think a big part of this was being in an LS and having statics that understood that aspect, especially since many members were in a similar boat.

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First off, I'm new here, as you can probably tell :P. This looks like a great community.

Regarding the question at hand, I'm 33, married with three children, and work a full time "9-5" job as an engineer. My wife and I played FFXI since NA release and were able to enjoy the game perfectly fine at a 3-4 hours a night for 4-5days a week after the kids went to bed. We both achieved 75 on several jobs, finished missions, participated in some end-game activities. I think a big part of this was being in an LS and having statics that understood that aspect, especially since many members were in a similar boat.



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#74 Aug 18 2010 at 3:38 PM Rating: Decent
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Hey, isn't age just numbers? I don't think your age matters much when we're talking about hobbies, like gaming here. There are much worse ways to spend your free time in my opinion.
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I began playing FFXI at NA release for PS2. My wife was pregnant and I felt it was a good time to make a life style change. No more bars and clubs, excessive drinking, ect. I have played the FF series since it's begining, so playing XI was inevitable anyhow. I was 24 (I think) years old.

I played an hour or two here and there throughout the summer, but didn't really get hooked. At least until the night we brought my little girl home from the hospital (July 23rd, 2002. I was not really sure how to play an MMO, as this was my first. It felt ackward talking to others online. That was until I met Teuhond and Giaa. Those two had me laughing to the point of tears. I remember having to leave the room for fear of waking my wife and newborn daugher. This night was the begining of my addiction...

I later met these two girls, who happened to be sisters, Demiie and Kneella. I absolutly loved those girls. After seeing all of the fun I was having with them, and my wife playing for me while I made dinner, gave the baby baths, ect, she decided to make her own character. Together, along with two others, we formed a casual LS known as Perfect Strangers. Amazing people, amazing memories....I'll never forget them.

I will be 34 years old Labor Day weekend, work 40 hours per week, have 3 kids, go to school full time, and have an unhealthy addiction with paintball. I can't say I wont have problems with time management. That would be a big fat lie lol. The only way it wont be is if the community is loaded with 13 year olds.....and by the looks of things, this wont be the case.

I can't wait to be immersed.
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